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How to Leave Your Corporate Job for an Apricot Lane Boutique Franchise

Deciding to work for yourself is one of the biggest career pivots you can make. It’s not always easy, but a good franchisor makes the transition as smooth as possible. Because a franchise is a turnkey investment with a proven business model, built-in brand awareness, and come with a support and training infrastructure, starting your own franchise is an attractive draw for many trapped in a corporate career. We understand that sometimes the process can seem daunting, so Apricot Lane makes it as simple as possible to start your own clothing boutique franchise. We’ve designed an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process to guide prospective franchisees through the transitional stages.

Information Gathering

Before entering into a partnership with new franchisees, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the decision. We’ll set up an introductory call between you and our Franchise Development Ambassador, who will break down the investment costs, give you a general overview of how our stores operate, what training and support resources will be available to you, and answer any questions you have. Especially if you’re taking the leap from a corporate job with familiar infrastructure and operations to the relatively new territory of clothing boutique franchising, you should have as clear an idea as possible of the road ahead.

After the introductory call, we will follow up with a series of informational emails to supplement the conversation. These cover a variety of topics instrumental to your understanding of the fast fashion industry, and how we operate here at Apricot Lane. Some topics include training, location selection, bookkeeping, hiring procedures, visual merchandising, ongoing field support, continuing education (such as our annual conference and webinars), our in-house marketing support, and more.

Apricot Lane Clothing Boutique Franchise Training

Even if you’ve worked in the fashion industry before, you might be concerned that you lack the experience to open your own clothing boutique franchise. Luckily, Apricot Lane has an extensive training program in place to ensure that our franchisees are confident and ready to open their doors on day one. To start, we offer 40 hours of virtual home training, including a crash course in our inventory management software, and quizzes to reinforce your learnings. We also offer classroom training at our headquarters in the Sacramento Valley, which covers store management, customer service, marketing and inventory management, and a field trip to the LA fashion district. Once you’ve established a location and are preparing for opening day, we offer on-location training where our team will assist you with displays, sales systems, and staff training at your store location.

But don’t think the training ends with opening day! For the first 120 days your boutique is open to the public, we will track your operations, make check-ins, and provide ongoing assistance. And remember—support is just a phone call away!

We understand that jumping from a corporate job to a clothing boutique franchise can be a daunting prospect. However, through our franchisee education materials, and our comprehensive training program, our franchisees can open their doors with the confidence and preparedness they need to grow their business.

To take the plunge into franchise ownership with an Apricot Lane clothing boutique franchise, get in touch with us today.

  • January 19, 2018
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